The characteristics of the sign of Aries in Vedic astrology is a bit different than what you may have heard about Aries for most of your life. There is much that is the same as western astrology, but there are a few interesting differences.the sign of aries in vedic astrology

Channing Ayers and I talk about the sign of Aries in the VIDEO BELOW. We cover some characteristics of Aries that are not in this post such as the Guna and the Dosha.

The Gift of ARIES

If you have planets in the sign of ARIES, especially the SUN in Aries, your gift to the world is your confidence to follow your inspirations. You are enthusiastic and inspired, and your enthusiasm inspires other people. Aries rules the head and is full of ideas – nearly all the time.

The Symbol of ARIES

Aries Symbol is the RamThe symbol for ARIES is the animal, the ram. The ram is the first animal symbol in the zodiac. The ram is the male bighorn sheep that live in the mountains and settles arguments by ramming their opponent with their heads.

Here is the description of ARIES from Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra:

Aries – Mesha “ram” Sign

“Red-colored, large limbed, four-footed, valorous by night, dwelling in the east, a relative of kings, moving in rocky places, endowed with Rajas back-rising and fiery is the Ram ruled by Mars.”   –  Brihat Parashara Hora Sastra, 4 – Rasi Characteristics, 6-7

ARIES Rules the Head

Aries, the head, is where we get our inspiration, the inspired thoughts and ideas we hope to accomplish. The rasi of Aries, therefore, is inspired and focused. The head is related to understanding and Aries has the pure pleasure of understanding that it has merely to do what is in its thoughts.

Mars Rules ARIES

The lord of Aries is Mars. Aries is the masculine expression of Mars (Scorpio is the feminine). Mars, in the first 12 degrees, is in his Moolatrikona sign here (Aries is the source of Mars’ power). The Sun is exalted in Aries, and Saturn is in his debilitation in Aries.

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ARIES is a ‘Cruel’ Male Sign

Masculine signs are cruel because they are interested in getting things done more than being and enjoying. Therefore, they are harder and pushier. Aries is happy and satisfied when they put their ideas into action. If Aries is not able to put inspiration into action often enough, you get a very frustrated Aries!

The niceties of life are something that Aries can completely ignore when they are actively pursuing a goal. Including being diplomatic and taking time to rest and relax with their loved ones.

ARIES is of the Fire Element

The fire element is characterized by will and is intuitively centered. Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately without the need for conscious reasoning. Intuition bridges the gap between the conscious and unconscious mind, between instinct and reason. This intuition activates the will and the resulting action that follows. 

Aries intuits concepts and ideas.

In horary astrology, if one is looking for a lost object, the fire element indicates that it is at a middle height. Up off the ground, but not high up off the ground like an air sign would be.

The Caste of ARIES is Kshatriya (Warrior)

The Sign of Aries in Vedic AstrologyCaste is temperament (not social hierarchy), and Brihat Parashara considers ARIES to be of the Kshatriya caste. Aries is the Rajas sign that seeks adventure in leading and protecting others.

The castes are related to the twelve houses of the horoscope. Houses 1, 5, and 9 are the Dharma (philosophical duty) houses, and correlate to the goal of Kshatriyas and the fire signs.

ARIES is Night-Strong and Back-Rising

Some Rasis (signs) are strong and vigorous during the day, and some are so at night. Aries is a night-strong sign. Night-strong signs are those that get energized by internal experiences (such as thought, emotion, and contemplation). The night-strong and back-rising signs are mentally and physically enlivened at night. Like the other fire signs, Aries is full of thoughts, ideas, and dreams.

The sign of Aries being a night-strong and back-rising sign is somewhat clumsy in bringing their ideas into concrete reality. Because Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, it lacks maturity and therefore has a hard time being realistic about what it takes to make their ideas work.

Aries operates best as the idea person, the person in the “think-tank” because of it’s moveable, nature. Successful Aries have other planets in signs with “know-how” (Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Aquarius, and Pisces), or they are partnered to people with these abilities.

ARIES is Four-Footed

The four-footed signs are strong, powerful, and capable of carrying enormous burdens (the phrase “beast of burden” probably came from this) and performing great tasks. Aries is a four-footed sign, and along with the other animal signs (Taurus, Leo, 2nd half of Sagittarius and 1st half of Capricorn) are interested in the 10th house matters of work and command.

Emotion and psychology, matters related to the 4th house, are of little interest to the four-footed signs.

The Color of ARIES is Red

The ‘color’ of Aries is Red. If you want to increase Aries energy in your life, wear red and paint walls red too (maybe in your home office where you work since the Sun, the natural ruler of career, is exalted in Aries). Channing recommends what red gemstone to wear for Aries Sun in the video below.

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The Sign of Scorpio & Why Scorpio is a Gentle Sign (the Feminine Expression of Mars)

The Signs of the Zodiac in Vedic Astrology

SEE VIDEO BELOW – In keeping with the spirit of Aries, this video is short. It’s only 9:52 minutes long 🙂